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ERIC Number: ED071821
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Feb-6
Pages: 10
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The Perception of Community Power in Two Rural Louisiana Communities.
Evans, Dennis; Steelman, Virginia Purtle
The study reported here focused on the perception which rank-and-file members of a community have of its power structure. This research was designed specifically to investigate the relationship of power perception to the socio-cultural variables of locality, race, age, education, and income. A random sample of households in 2 Louisiana communities was taken and 243 male heads of households were interviewed. The 2 study communities were selected by judgment as representative of Anglo-Protestant North Louisiana and French-Catholic South Louisiana sub-cultures, respectively. Of all the independent variables included in the analysis, statistically significant differences were found only by race. It was found that blacks tended to name individuals who may be influential within the black community, but are only peripheral to the larger community power structure. It was also found that some of the upper status-level respondents were somewhat reluctant to acknowledge power actors, possibly because they feel autonomous to the power actors. The reasons for finding no differences between education and income levels are undoubtedly questions with complex answers that need further study. (HBC)
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Identifiers - Location: Louisiana